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Pharmacy Residency Program at Saint Vincent Hospital

Pharmacy Residency Program at Saint Vincent Hospital

Program Director: Rebecca Nick-Dart, PharmD, BCPS
Accreditation: ASHP
Program Length: 1 year (PGY1)
Residents per year: 3
Start date: July 1
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About the program

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Saint Vincent builds on Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) education and outcomes to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists responsible for medication-related care of patients with a wide range of conditions. Completion of a PGY1 pharmacy residency at Saint Vincent prepares the resident for board certification and for postgraduate year two (PGY2) pharmacy residency training.

The PGY1 Pharmacy Residency at Saint Vincent is designed to develop skills in acute patient care, drug information, hospital pharmacy operations and leadership.

The residency provides an opportunity to develop skills while working in a collaborative environment involving pharmacy, nursing and the medical staff. The pharmacy resident will provide patient care through staffing, patient counseling, rounding services, and pharmacy consultative services. The resident will provide educational programs to pharmacy, nursing, medical staff and the community. The resident will also have involvement in drug information, quality improvement activities, medication distribution, automated medication delivery systems, use of electronic software, database management, community service and administrative and regulatory activities (e.g., Joint Commission rules and regulations). The resident will also be required to complete a project during the residency.

Program competency areas

The following areas of competency are taught and evaluated throughout the residency

(1) patient care;
(2) advancing practice and improving patient care;
(3) leadership and management; and,
(4) teaching, education, and dissemination of knowledge.

Standard Rotation Schedule:

Required rotations:

  • Staffing (two rotations and longitudinal)
  • Pharmacy consultative services/Collaborative practice
  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious diseases
  • Critical Care
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatrics/Neonatology
  • Teaching (basic experience or optional certificate; longitudinal)
  • Practice Management/Medication Safety (longitudinal)
  • Residency project (longitudinal)

Elective rotations: one elective rotation per year

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Pain/Palliative Care
  • Outpatient Oncology
  • Teaching/Academia
  • Resident may complete an elective in a required rotation area listed above for additional experience

Saint Vincent Department of Pharmacy Services

The Saint Vincent Department of Pharmacy currently employs 47 full-time equivalents with 30 Pharmacists, 16 supportive personnel (technicians) and 6 pharmacy messengers. This staff includes the Director of Pharmacy, 2 pharmacy managers, 1 pharmacy practice supervisor, 15 staff pharmacists8.5 full time clinical pharmacists and 3 pharmacy residents. A brief description of the Pharmacy Department follows:

Distributive Services - Inpatient

  • Fully decentralized unit-based drug distribution system house wide (Pyxis MedStation®)
  • Computerized pharmacy operation and patient information system (Epic®)
  • Decentralized pharmacy service units in critical care areas (ICU/CNICU)
  • 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, 365 days/year service
  • IV admixture program for large and small volume parenterals and chemotherapy

Drug information and clinical services

  • Eight full-time and one part-time inpatient clinical pharmacy specialists (6.5 inpatient, 2 outpatient)
  • Clinical pharmacy services include rounding in several areas with nurses and physicians, drug consultations, educational programs, drug use evaluations and quality improvement projects
  • Computerized drug information database (Lexi-Comp®, Up-to-Date®)
  • Automated pharmacist intervention documentation program (Epic®)
  • Nutritional support (TPN) service
  • Anticoagulation and anti-thrombotic monitoring service
  • Pharmacokinetic monitoring service
  • Pain management/Palliative care service
  • Adverse Drug Reaction monitoring program
  • Target drug intervention programs (e.g. IV to PO switch, renal dosing; obesity dosing)
  • Active Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee which is part of the Allegheny Health Network P&T

Academic affiliations

The Pharmacy Department has affiliations with several colleges of pharmacy including Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) School of Pharmacy, Duquesne University, University of Pittsburgh and Ohio Northern University. Rotations offered include community, ambulatory care, general hospital pharmacy, clinical hospital pharmacy, and administrative elective.

Benefits

  • Resident office with personal desk and phone line
  • Personal laptop computer
  • Pharmacy continuing education
  • BLS/ACLS certification
  • Personalized lab jacket
  • Travel stipend for approved conferences
  • Salary $42,500
  • Holiday and paid time off (interview/sick/personal)
  • Health benefits including medical, dental, vision, prescription drug, disability, life

Applications

To be eligible to apply, you must:

  • Possess a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from an ACPE-accredited college of pharmacy.
  • Licensed or license eligibility by the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy during the upcoming residency year.
  • Participate in an on-site interview at Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, Pennsylvania.

The application process is as follows:

All materials must be submitted via PhORCAS which can be accessed at https://portal.phorcas.org. The following information is required:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of interest (include primary area of clinical interest)
  • Transcripts (Doctor of Pharmacy program only)
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation/references submitted using the provided form on PhORCAS

Contact us

Rebecca Nick-Dart, PharmD, BCPS
Pharmacy Residency Director

AHN Saint Vincent Hospital
232 West 25th Street
Erie, PA 16544

(814) 452-5837

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